Chairman's Message

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 5pm (Summer Opening Times)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940

Thank you for visiting the Spitfire Museum website.

Ken Wills

The Museum began in 1981 with just the Spitfire, which had stood in the open as a gate guardian at the former RAF Manston. It had deteriorated badly but was rebuilt by Medway Aircraft Preservation Society and then housed in its present purpose built hall.

The building was funded by public donations, with bricks being donated at a £1 each. Later when the Hurricane became available, the Museum was extended to house it and the shop was included in the new design.

Over the years improvements have been made to include the coach park and the Allied Air Forces Memorial garden where WWII air crew members and those that have followed them, in conflicts around the world, are honoured.

A group of voluntary Trustees with a wide range of skills manage all the Museum matters. There are around sixty regular volunteers who carry out a range of duties from running the shop, hosting, maintaining the building and gardens. A full-time manager and a collections officer support them.

From the start in 1981, the Trust adopted the policy of free entry to the Museum to offer the widest access to visitors from Thanet and all over. However, the Museum is self-funded and the Trustees are grateful for any donations you may offer.

You will find lots of information on this website to complement the displays in the Museum. If you have any questions or comments about the Museum or the Trust, we would be happy to hear from you, either by contacting us direct or through the museum Facebook or Twitter pages.

As ever Trust members are grateful to you for your continued support.

With my very best wishes.

Ken Wills C.Eng, FRAeS, C.Mgr, FCIM
Chair to the Museum Trust.

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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Look Out For...

Channel Dash

On 12th February 1942 six Fleet Air Arm Fairey Swordfish torpedo biplanes left Manston on a courageous mission to inflict damage on German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and battlecruiser Prinz Eugen. Only five crewmembers survived. Our Channel Dash display pays tribute to the lives of the war heroes we lost that day.